Local News

Local students see DC ‘Close-Up’

28 Petersburg high school students had the chance to immerse themselves in US history and government on a week-long trip to Washington DC this month. The Petersburg kids joined students from across the country to take part in the national Close-Up program.

They held a mock congress and went to monuments, museums, and landmark institutions. They also met with government officials. One student even took the opportunity to ask congressional staffers about Representative Don Young’s recent use of the slur “wetbacks” in reference to migrant farm workers, a comment for which the congressman later apologized amidst extensive criticism from across the country and the political divide.

Close-Up is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging students to be informed and engaged in the democratic process. Petersburg students have participated for decades.
Matt Lichtenstein spoke with teacher Jim Engell and a couple of his close-up students who were inspired by the trip:
For mobile-friendly audio, click here.

The Petersburg Close-Up students fished their trip with a stop in Philadelphia where they saw Independence Hall where the continental congress adopted the Declaration of independence in 1776.

Recent News

Stikine sockeye run is the best return in a decade

Gill netter Lincoln Rock in Dist 8-Troy Thynes
The sockeye salmon run returning to the Stikine River near Petersburg and Wrangell was predicted to be good, but it’s turning out to be even better than expected. more

U.S. Senator Murkowski campaigns in Petersburg

Petersburg Democrats, Sally and Al Dwyer, are supporting Murkowski in this race. Photo/Angela Denning
During an Alaska campaign tour, Murkowski stopped into Petersburg Tuesday night to hold a two-hour meet and greet at the Sons of Norway hall. more